Wilma Rudolph Postage Stamp Part II Of II
Once Wilma Rudolph entered High School, she was encouraged by the track coach to join the track team. She out-performed everyone on her team and during her senior year, she qualified for the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. She won the bronze medal for her efforts in the 400 meter relay.
Wilma Rudolph went on to qualify for the 1960 Olympic games when she set a new world’s record for the 200 meter race. During the Rome Olympics, she won gold medals for the 100 meter race and the 200 meter race. Despite having a sprained ankle, she raced in the 400 meter relay and won her third gold medal. Wilma Rudolph retired from running at the age of 22, but continued active in the sport as a coach for women’s track teams.
On July 14, 2004, the United States Postal Service issued a 23 cent definitive postage stamp that recognized Wilma Rudolph’s achievements. This postage stamp was the 5th stamp that was issued as part of the Distinguished Americans postage stamp series. If you would like to add the Wilma Rudolph postage stamp to your collection, contact Stamp Center today!